Barcoo Drift Vessel

August 20 2018

Optimized for fishing, the 14 m long vessel Barcoo Drift will be used on the Barcoo River in Queensland, Australia. It was designed by Roger Hill Yacht Design, New Zealand, and built by Julian Griffiths and his team in Noosa Marine, Australia, using sandwich core composite materials from ATL Composites in co-operation with Diab.

To provide extra strength while keeping the vessel light, Divinycell HM100 was engineered into the hull bottoms and lower topsides. This way the boat can absorb high dynamic impacts and slamming loads without adding weight to the construction. All other structural sections including bulkheads, hull soles, cabin sides, side decks, etc. were supplied as CNC-routed DuFLEX Component Packs cored with Divinycell H80 in a variety of thicknesses and E-fiberglass reinforcements to meet design and engineering requirements. Providing excellent mechanical properties and low weight, Divinycell H is an all-purpose grade with a proven track record in virtually every application area where sandwich composites are employed, including the marine, transport, wind energy and civil engineering industries.

The interior fit-out was supplied as a CNC-routed Component Pack in FEATHERLIGHT FF1015X6 Marine Grade panels from ATL Composites. The ultra-light panels, cored with 15mm Divinycell H60, a low density IPN foam, provide good thermal/acoustic insulation and superior stiffness to increase overall performance.

The power catamaran was constructed using a combination of DuFLEX Composite Panels with Diab’s Divinycell H80 and HM100 structural foam cores. Some panels were laminated with unidirectional laminates so they could be strip-planked to conform to the more compound sections of the outer topsides and wing-deck areas.

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